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Should I Feel Cold with CKD

2013-10-12 11:29

Should I Feel Cold with CKDShould I feel cold with CKD? CKD as of now is incurable and with the decrease of kidney function, patients may experience various discomforts or symptoms like nausea, vomiting, skin itching and tiredness and so on. Also, for some patients with renal anemia, they may also feel cold when other people are not. Why is this? And how to resolve this problem?

Why CKD patients feel cold?

CKD is the abbreviation of Chronic Kidney Disease which is marked by progressive decrease of kidney function. Kidney is a very important organ in our body and takes charge of filtering blood, producing urine, regulating blood pressure, secreting hormone and so on. When kidney tissues are injured, kidneys will fail to function properly, which can cause various health tissues.

Healthy kidney can secrete a kind of hormone called EPO (erythropoietin) which can stimulate bone marrow to produce red blood cells. Kidney damage can slow down production of this kind of hormone and thus lead to low red blood cell count. Renal anemia is diagnosed when red blood cell count in blood is lower than the normal range. And this condition always causes symptoms like tiredness, feeling cold, weakness and shortness of breath and so on.

How to deal with cold feeling caused by CKD?

Since renal anemia occurs due to renal anemia, having a tight control of this health tissue is very important. Also, tight control of renal anemia helps to slow down illness progression.

In medicine, there are different methods to treat anemia caused by CKD and they go as follow:

1. Erythropoietin therapy: As of now, Erythropoietin therapy is the most effective way to treat renal anemia, but it can not solve problem radically.

2. Iron replacement therapy: some CKD patients may still have anemia even if they have received erythropoietin therapy and this is because there is low level of iron in their blood. Under such a condition, they need to increase iron intake.

3. Blood transfusion: Blood transfusion is the last option for renal anemia. Regular blood transfusions increased a patient's risk for infection and the likelihood of developing sensitivity to major histocompatibility antigens, lessening the chances for successful kidney transplantation.

Besides, to receive good treatment effects, kidney disease patients also need to have a tight control about other symptoms like high blood pressure and proteinuria, as all these symptoms can worsen kidney condition and thus aggravate renal anemia.

Lastly, although the above methods are effective in controlling renal anemia, they can not resolve problem radically. For people with CKD, they suffer from anemia as damaged kidney can not secrete EPO, so only when kidney tissues are repaired effectively, can secretion of EPO be increased, and also can renal anemia be treated from root. In this way, cold feeling can be removed successfully. 

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